You may associate braids with festivals and flower crowns, but we think they’re versatile enough to wear year-round (yes, even to your upcoming company holiday party). To update your braid for the winter season ahead, keep things sleek and polished—save the messy texture for the fields of Indio. Oh, and don’t be afraid to add a hair accessory (or two). Our favorite? A thin velvet ribbon snaked through your strands. If that doesn’t scream holiday, we don't know what does.
Keep scrolling for seven chic holiday braid ideas!
A loose French braid that frames your face is subtle and fresh. Add a velvet ribbon in the equation, and you just gave holiday hair a whole new twist. #hairgoals
Everyone knows how to do a side braid. To give the basic braid a festive flair, simply add some subtle hair charms along the length of the braid—instant upgrade. We like Free People's Hair Charm Twists ($16).
A medium to long curly cut with lots of layers is perfect for this low fishtail. Start the fishtail lower than you normally would, and keep the braid super tight. Then, lightly fluff your roots for volume, and pull out a few shorter strands. Use bobby pins to shape as needed.
Which of these braids would you try? Tell us in the comments below, and check out 11 gorgeous makeup looks perfect for holiday party season.